ISLAMABAD — Islamist militants attacked and set fire to at least 20 tankers carrying oil for NATO and US troops in Afghanistan on Monday, the third such strike inside Pakistan in as many days, police said.
The attack not far from the capital Islamabad took place on a supply line that has been stalled because of a temporary border closing imposed by Pakistani authorities to protest a NATO helicopter attack that killed three Pakistan troops last week.
Police officer Umer Hayat said three people were killed and blamed Monday's early morning attack on "terrorists."
The attackers opened fire on trucks that were parked at a poorly guarded terminal before setting them afire, he and other officers said.
The Pakistani Taliban, which last week threatened more attacks on the supply, claimed responsibility in a telephone call to an Associated Press reporter.